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Commentary: Keegan should be retained exclusively as school district consolidation consultant

When Andy Groseta embarked on this latest school district unification effort, he said we had a unique window of opportunity to make it happen this time.

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Commentary: Let’s keep working; Court decision is not a stopping point

Verde Valley leaders including Yavapai-Apache Chairwoman, Jane Winiecki, and Verde Ditch Company commissioner, Al Dupuy, have expressed “mixed feelings” at the recent ruling of the Arizona Court of Appeals rejecting a Memorandum of Understanding agreement that would have helped resolve aspects of historic water use locally.

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Commentary: Fire safety, giving blood, and dropping eggs at Camp Verde schools

At Camp Verde Unified School District, last Friday was Good Friday.

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Commentary: Christians celebrate Easter because justice, mercy met at the cross

There is a scripture that says, “…We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”  (1 John 4:14 ESV)  The Bible calls Jesus the eternal Son of God and it explains that Jesus has been with God in His radiant splendor as the 2nd member of the Trinity for all of eternity past. 

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Commentary: Mickelsen Marathon shows running a sound investment

We’re not just missing the mark for the recreational offering, but there is money to be made both in terms of the event itself and the tax dollars generated from Phoenix area runners looking for a change of venue

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Commentary: Bear down or buck up?

Recently I toured the DK Ranch property (along Oak Creek) with other elected and appointed policy makers. This beautiful facility was gifted to the University of Arizona almost two years ago.

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Telescopes, frogs, rabbits at Camp Verde schools

I had the pleasure of attending the presentation of Once Upon a Mattress, and I would like to thank Mrs. Worden for a wonderful performance. 

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Commentary: Immigration policies key to raising American wages

The Senate could soon vote to give millions of Americans their biggest pay-raise in decades.

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Commentary: Conservation is key to sustainable water future

The Prescott area is pumping water from the Little Chino aquifer about four times as fast as it is being replenished. The impact of this overdraft includes declining water levels in the aquifer and wells drying up in the western part of Chino Valley.

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Commentary: Annual testing, teen leadership at Camp Verde schools

A friendly reminder that our TAG performance of Once Upon A Mattress with be Friday, April 7, and Saturday April 8 in the MUC.

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Commentary: Camp Verde model may be best to keep Clarkdale Library alive

The ongoing debate over the future of the Clark Memorial Library is a classic example of the ever-growing conflict of traditionalism in a non-traditional world.

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Commentary: HealthiestYou at Camp Verde Unified School District

Initial reports back on the first month’s use of our new health benefit for all employees, HealthiestYou (Dial-a-Doc), indicate it is accomplishing its purpose. 

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Commentary: History shows fiscal deficiencies of V’ACTE come as no surprise

This past week’s damning draft audit of the fiscal practices of the Valley Academy of Career and Technical Education hardly come as a surprise.

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Commentary: City needs to raise bar on management evaluation process

Your new Cottonwood City Council recently completed its strategic planning session and outlined its workload for the next 12-24 months. In addition, we have embarked on two of the most important tasks assigned to your elected officials: budget planning and contract employee evaluation, the latter of which I’d like to address.

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Commentary: Judge Gorsuch would bring much-needed Western perspective to U.S. Supreme Court

If an Arizonan were to walk up the Supreme Court’s steps, past its marble columns and into its stately courtroom, they would find eight justices seated before them, along with an empty chair. While the chair was left vacant by the passing of renowned Justice Antonin Scalia, it also symbolizes a stark reality: the absence of a Westerner on the court.

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Commentary -- Commissioners: Say no to proposed APS bill increases

Although opening day will be here before we know it, in the last year three electric utilities have already stepped up to the plate seeking a rate increase from the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Commentary: Testing, transitions, green eggs at Camp Verde schools

We were pleased to have so many students take the ACT test.

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Commentary: VACTE moving forward to meet needs of Valley youth

Valley Academy for Career & Technology Education (VACTE) was founded in 2001 by the voters from the Clarkdale-Jerome School District, Cottonwood-Oak Creek USD, Mingus Union High School District, Camp Verde USD, and Sedona-Oak Creek Joint School District.

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Commentary: We all have duty to confront crisis of leadership in America

Everything seems different now …

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Commentary: Kindness in the brightest colors at Camp Verde school district

We will be sending approximately 100 students to the Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction on Thursday, March 2.

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Commentary: Movement toward legal marijuana creates new PC affinity; dope smokers are ‘cannabis curious consumers’

The ongoing effort toward full legalization of marijuana has created a new hybrid of political correctness when it comes to the descriptors of pot.

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Commentary: Take it from a geriatric shuffler, three races in one weekend is not cool

There is a regular group from the Verde Valley to be found several weekends a month hitting the pavement in one of the many road races offered in the Phoenix area.

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Commentary: Trump makes mixed metaphors unavoidable

Of all the moving parts in the Trump era -- the changes in the American diplomatic and military profile, the challenges the new president is hurling at the judiciary, the tensions between the legislative and executive branches, the dramatic stylistic changes in the presidency, ranging from shiny ties to Twitter outbursts -- none may be in such furious motion as the two parties, the steady rocks of our political system for more than a century and a half.

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Commentary: Students on a roll at Camp Verde Unified School District

FFA is on a roll. Just letting you know that our teams that participated in the Career Development Event last Thursday did great. Here are the placings:

Commentary: How to save at Costco

If you're a Costco member, you probably know a thing or two about saving a buck.

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